Protestors are demanding that the city of St Louis MO remove the statue of its namesake, King St Louis IX of France, because he burnt Talumuds on the orders of the Pope and went on Crusade, but local Catholics have been blocking them. The burning of Talmuds was a regrettable overreaction to a moral panic but the Crusades were, in contemporary jargon, a failed effort to liberate the indigenous Christian populations of the Eastern Mediterranean from Arab and Turkish colonialism. He was a man of extraordinary integrity living in a violent age.
There is no such thing as a woke Catholic saint. If you went back in time and tried to explain Critical Race Theory they would say “no thanks, I have a religion already”. If you tried to explain contemporary gender ideology they would be horrified.
None of them were egalitarians, they all believed in authority, whether limited authorities like those of husbands over wives, priests over people, and governments over subjects, or the absolute authority of God over his creatures. A great many Catholic saints were slaves, but others owned slaves: Perpetua and Felicity, a young noblewoman and her slave martyred for their faith in Carthage and commemorated in the Roman Canon, come to mind. The Church has always been ambivalent about slavery: a material evil to be limited, yes, but not always a moral evil in this sad world.
When the protestors came for Christopher Columbus a lot of Catholics shrugged and said it wasn’t a big deal, Columbus did a lot of cruel things. But the protestors don’t hate cruelty, many of them are cruel themselves. They hate Columbus for being a Western colonialist, and one of the chief creators of American, especially Latin American, civilization. I knew back then that Junipiero Serra was next, since while he may not have been cruel he was a missionary, and as such he was (to the protestors) a cultural imperialist, like every good Catholic who hopes for the conversion of all people.
Priests, bishops, or even the Pope himself can parrot BLM talking points but it will always be a ruse. A woke Catholic Church would have to completely overhaul its teaching on sin: replace original sin and personal sin (a wilful choice) with unconscious sin (prejudice + power); rewrite the life and role of Christ and redemption, and jettison its own sacraments, history and what remains of its moral authority in favor of Critical Race Theory. The Catholic Church is quite good at self-mutilation, but becoming woke would be self-annihilation.
If God allows the progress of Critical Race Theory radicals through the halls of civil power, the Church will be persecuted. I don’t know if that will happen but I hope it doesn’t.
Edit: the original post said he burnt Torahs on papal orders which is of course wrong.